Looking for fun things to do in Provincetown? Come and visit us at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum where we are open and welcoming visitors for the 2019 season. Take an invigorating climb up the iconic 252-foot granite Monument, visible from nearly everywhere in town, with 116 steps and 60 ramps up to the breathtaking 360-degree view of Provincetown. This historic landmark was finished in 1910 to commemorate the landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in the “new world” and the signing of the Mayflower Compact.
For those that don’t want to make the climb up the Monument, the Museum has an array of historic displays and the beautiful grounds are the ideal setting to watch the hustle and bustle of the busy town. In the Museum, visitors are able to experience the exhibits showing the building of the Monument, the arrival of the Mayflower Pilgrims, the town’s rich maritime history, and the early days of the modern American Theater in Provincetown. There is also a recreation of a 19th century sea captain’s parlor at home and his quarters at sea, a diorama of the Mayflower Compact being signed aboard the Mayflower in Provincetown Harbor and a scaled model of the first theater of the Provincetown Players.
Kids and adults alike are bound to be fascinated by the array of artifacts on display including a Polar Bear, musk ox, and Inuit objects brought back by Provincetown native son Donald B. MacMillan, who explored the Arctic with explorer Robert E. Peary. Those who enjoy the rich history of firefighters can see on display Provincetown’s first fire engine that was built in the 1830s by an apprentice of Paul Revere.
The Museum also features the exhibition, “The Del Deos – One Creative Family in Provincetown” which focuses on the work of the late author, historian, and community activist, Josephine Del Deo, her husband, the painter Salvatore, and other members of their family. New this year the Museum will begin its venture to create a permanent exhibition that tells the true story of the Wampanoags and Mayflower Pilgrims. On your way out of the Museum, stop into our gift shop and check out the array of apparel, books, maps, prints, and gifts that showcase the rich historical tradition of Cape Cod.
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